Contract talks moving slow for S.F. Giants concessionaire, union 

Centerplate concession workers
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  • Centerplate concession workers have previously demonstrated to demand better wages and benefits.

A day after union supporters were arrested inside AT&T Park during a demonstration related to contract negotiations with concession workers, a contract agreement does not appear imminent.

Unite Here Local 2 spokeswoman Nischit Hegde said Wednesday the union and concessionaire Centerplate met for negotiations last week but that the company "has pretty much dug in on their proposal." That proposal, according to Centerplate spokeswoman Gina Antonini, includes a pay raise and a bonus for working 40 or more baseball games last year.

Hegde said two more bargaining sessions are scheduled between the two sides, but not until next month.

"Centerplate wants negotiations done and they're dragging their feet," Antonini said of the union. "The protests demonstrate that they don't mean business. This is something they're doing for the pomp and circumstance. We want to come to the table."

Ten demonstrators were arrested inside the ballpark Tuesday night during a union protest while the Giants took on the San Diego Padres. Before the game, some 400 protesters peacefully marched at Willie Mays Plaza just outside the ballpark, Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Then 50 of them entered AT&T Park, having purchased tickets, and staged a sit-down in front of the Gilroy Garlic Fries stand near Section 119, Shyy said. The protesters held up a sign that read, "Support concession workers. Don't buy food!"

Last month, workers launched a one-day strike during a game.

Hegde said the workers have not received a pay hike in three years despite two lucrative World Series wins by the Giants.

Giants spokeswoman Shana Daum has emphasized that the dispute is not with the team and that the organization is encouraging both sides to get back to the bargaining table to resolve their differences.

Meanwhile, Antonini said Centerplate wanted to clarify that the demonstrators and those arrested were not concession workers but instead people brought in by the union to be part of the protest.

S.F. Examiner Staff Writer Mike Aldax and Bay City News contributed to this report.

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